Rotator Cuff Therapy Exercises

Rotator Cuff Therapy Exercises

Rotator Cuff Rehab

Rotator cuff rehab is a complex area that can not be approached without some guidance. I have been through this process and I know what you are going through, have gone through or are about to face. I hope that in some way I can make things a little clearer for you.

I remember from my own rehabilitation that there were times when I doubted myself. Doubted I was doing things right, doubted I was making progress.

That is natural, if you ever feel like that, don't worry, keep going. Stopping and doing nothing is the very worst thing you can do.

If, as part of your rehab, you have been given a set of rehab exercises try to complete them all. It is no good just picking the ones you like or are most comfortable with.

There is no such thing as the best rotator cuff injury exercise or best rotator cuff stretch. To be effective rehabilitation must be based upon a series of different exercises.

Why do I need a series of rotator cuff rehab exercises?

This is another of those questions I get asked all the time. Not only why do I need a series of rehab exercises? But also what is the best rotator cuff stretch or what is the best rotator cuff injury exercise. Answer is that there is simply no such thing.

What you should be given to do by a physical therapist is a series of rotator cuff rehab exercises. The reason for this is quite straightforward and is based upon the anatomy of the rotator cuff.

The anatomy section of the website covers this area in great detail. The important thing to remember is that the rotator cuff is made up of four distinct muscles.

Each of the four rotator cuff muscles has a distinct role to play in both shoulder stability and movement. As we know the shoulder is capable of moving the arm in to a huge range of different positions. To enable full shoulder function to be restored by rehab, it is imperative that each muscle is targeted individually.

What else do I have to do as part of my rotator cuff rehab?

One of the major points often overlooked during rehab is that the exercises are not enough on their own. It is just as important to go on to strengthen the muscles that surround the rotator cuff and the shoulder.

The deltoid muscle for example is responsible for abduction (lifting) of the arm beyond approximately 30 degrees. It takes over from the rotator cuff that begins the movement.

You can see therefore that just concentrating on the rotator cuff will not completely restore shoulder function. It is equally as important to work on improving the muscles in your upper back, chest and upper arm.

Again let me make this quite clear, this is not about body building, I am not advocating bench pressing hundreds of pounds, just simple exercises.

Rotator cuff rehab to avoid scarring and stiffness

Rotator Cuff RehabEarly intervention through rehabilitation is really important, the sooner the better.

Do not despair however if you have come to this a little late all is definitely not lost. It is never too late to start rotator cuff rehab exercises.

Rotator cuff tear rehab can be started at any point to improve and strengthen your rotator cuff.

What is going on that makes early intervention so desirable?

Well the theory is discussed in some depth in the muscles section of the website but basically it is this. Stretching and strengthening of the four shoulder rotator cuff muscles is the foundation of cuff rehab. Why is it so important and why do it early?

The inflamed / injured tissue has increased fluid between the cells this includes new blood vessels and inflammatory type cells. As a result of this new collagen tissue is laid down in an attempt by the body to heal the injured tissue. Throughout this period, if the shoulder is immobilised, the collagen will be laid down in a haphazard manner creating a scar.

The purpose of rehab exercises in stretching and strengthening is to avoid or reduce scarring. Rehabilitation with the addition of anti - inflammatory medication aims to stimulate the cells to lay down collagen along the lines of stress and weakness. This hopefully will lead to the formation of normal strong tendon.

Warm up, gentle exercise, stretching and strengthening, all comfortably within the limits of any pain. Treatment with ice and anti - inflammatory drugs to reduce scarring will also reduce any potential stiffness. This in turn will make exercise less painful in future providing for a positively reinforced cycle.

My recommended rehab supplements:

I have used both these in my therapy and recovery efforts.  They are both excellent products.

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